All that being said, I would much rather be at home with Larson and our boys than anywhere else on NYE. Our neighbor, Raymond, came over and he & Larson built a fire in our barrel while the boys and their friend played outside for awhile. It was very cool out, so we didn't stay out long. I made some sandwiches and chips & dip, and we drank some Welch's Sparkling Grape Juice. The boys loved it, and I let them drink out of wine glasses and make toasts to the new year.
It was precious.
Gentry was asleep by 8:45, Jubal by 9:30, Larson by 10, and I was down for the count myself by 11. I would love to stay up to see the ball drop, but I must be getting old because I just can't make it.
New Year's Day was a day of tradition. I country fried some pork chops, made some collard greens, black-eyed peas, rice, and cornbread. We feasted and then took naps. Just us. It was just what I needed for the start of the new year. My little family, together, safe, and blessed.